Serve as editor of an entire magazine section (for example, the Montage section, covering arts, music, theater, performance, books, culture and other creative efforts, among alumni, faculty, and staff, in each issue of Harvard Magazine—typically, 12-15 published editorial pages, 20-25 percent of the published editorial content in each bimonthly issue): conceive and develop ideas for research and coverage; research, report, and write some of those story ideas personally, and identify internal writers (staff colleagues) and external writers (freelance, contracted contributors) to research, report, write, and revise remaining story ideas—and edit all stories to Harvard Magazine standards. Complementing these efforts, direct the magazine's online coverage of related subjects, writing some of the stories and assigning and overseeing/editing others.
Conceive ideas for and research, report, and write full-length features and profiles (particularly but not exclusively across the arts and humanities, if editing the Montage section; or sciences and social sciences if editing the research-related Right Now section), and identify ideas for and hire/assign, supervise, and edit to Harvard Magazine standards full-length-features and profiles reported and written on contract by outside, freelance writers (and work on similar features and profiles developed under the senior editor's supervision by fellow magazine staff members).
Contribute reported articles for all parts of the magazine, in print and online, focused on Harvard-affiliated research, teaching, faculty and staff members, alumni, and students; and
Edit colleagues' work, as asked and for each issue, reading and editing the entire contents as story files flow through the magazine's production process.
Complementing the responsibilities outlined above, the senior editor sees manuscripts through production and oversees contracts with and payment to outside, freelance writers. The senior editor works closely with the art director and colleagues to identify and acquire suitable visual materials for all of the stories identified above, and works closely with online colleagues to produce and acquire audiovisual and other materials.
The senior editor pursues extensive background reading; in-depth interviewing; cultivation of contacts throughout and beyond Harvard and its worldwide alumni community; and careful fact-checking and revision—both directing the work of others and in close collaboration with a team of fellow writer/editors. In the course of researching story ideas, reporting, and working with freelance contributors, the senior editor can routinely expect to work extended evening hours, to work on weekends covering performances, news events, and similar contents, and to travel on Harvard Magazine's behalf.
Although the senior editor confers with the editor on major assignments, and works closely with all other editorial colleagues, it is expected that she or he will operate with very considerable professional autonomy and broad latitude in making editorial decisions, on behalf of readers.
In addition to a resume and cover letter, candidates must submit three (3) writing samples in varied subjects, lengths and forms. Candidates being considered for the role will be subjected to Harvard Magazine's writing exercises.
Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Candidates must have a B.A. degree; two to five years of increasingly responsible experience in a publication environment (magazine experience preferred); and a portfolio of published writing samples demonstrating ability to do successful work for readers on diverse subjects, and in varying formats, story forms/structures, and lengths. Relevant computer software experience required.
Some supervisory experience a plus.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 46876BR
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